Breaking down the board: Offensive tackle 

November, 7, 2012
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Each week, "Breaking down the board" will take a deeper, position-by-position look at the prospects Oklahoma is target. SoonerNation will rank five players at each position with No. 1 being the player who should be OU’s top priority of the five recruits listed.

To be clear, this ranking has nothing to do with the Sooners' actual recruiting board/priority list. It's simply our ranking list compiled of the recruits at the position who have expressed legitimate interest in the Sooners and who could be the best fits for OU’s system.

Today we look at Oklahoma's offensive tackle board:


1. Trenton Brown, Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 350 pounds

Josiah St. John
Courtesy of Trinity Valley C.C.Junior college offensive tackle Josiah St. John visited Oklahoma for its loss to Notre Dame.
How he’d fit: Brown is ready to play right away and has good athleticism that would translate well to the Sooners offensive system. He’s played left tackle in junior college and would be able to immediately provide quality depth if he’s unable to win a starting spot after Lane Johnson’s departure.

Why he's No. 1: He has the ability to be a very solid run and pass blocker and brings unique size and athleticism to the position. Most importantly, he should be able to step right in and make an impact.

Bob Przybylo's take: A wildcard in the bunch as OU and Brown have only recently started talking with each other. But look at Brown's resume. He is somebody who is not afraid to travel, having made official visits to Texas A&M and Arizona. He is scheduled to be at OU for Bedlam. More schools are jumping into the fray as Florida State is the latest to offer Brown so this one won't be an easy battle to come out on top.

2. Josiah St. John, Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College

Measurables: 6-foot-6, 295 pounds

How he’d fit: He’s a very good athlete who could give the Sooners some options along the offensive line. If he decided to be a Sooner, it would provide competition to replace Lane Johnson and allow the Sooners to tinker with the offensive line in an effort to get the best five players on the field while having a quality, versatile offensive line rotation in 2013.

Why he's No. 2: He has the athletic ability to contribute immediately. And the Sooners learned this season that it’s never bad to have as many offensive linemen who are ready to play on the roster as possible.

Bob Przybylo's take: St. John sort of came out of nowhere last month. He had no idea he had an OU offer way back in August. That's more than two months where Bruce Kittle could have been working the phones or visiting Trinity to get to know St. John better. His official visit to OU for Notre Dame was solid, but he didn't sound overly impressed with anything. It's not that he didn't enjoy the trip, but he wasn't blown away by it. It was big positive for St. John to put a face to a name with Kittle, Bob Stoops and James Patton.

3. Aaron Cochran, Atwater, Calif./Buhach

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 364 pounds

Rankings: No. 24 offensive tackle, No. 44 West Regional, No. 36 in California

ESPN.com grade: 82, four-star prospect.

Accolades: Semper Fidelius All-American

How he’d fit: As an exceptionally large prospect with good athleticism, he could work himself in a position to help provide some depth immediately. His future position seems to be right tackle but the Sooners always show a willingness to try talented players at various positions. Regardless, there’s no reason to expect a major impact from him in year one but he could develop into a monster during his career.

Why he's No. 3: His size and physical talent are tough to duplicate even through he is not a finished product. Overall, his upside is just too high to ignore and he’s a great guy to take a chance on.

Bob Przybylo's take: We're all going to find out about OU and Cochran this weekend. Opting to not visit OU on marquee weekends like Notre Dame or Oklahoma State, Cochran will receive a lot of one-on-one attention this weekend. With his brother playing at California, it seems a natural fit. Except to Cochran, who has been adamant that won't play a big role in his decision. Cochran loved his visit to Nebraska last month and now it's OU's turn to try to make a positive imprint on the four-star prospect.

4. Na’Ty Rodgers, Pomfret, Md./McDonough

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 285 pounds

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